Humanoids from the Deep (Roger Corman's Cult Classics) [Blu-ray]
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For The First Time On Home Video, The Complete Uncut Version Of The Cult Classic!
Something evil is happening in the sleepy fishing village of Noyo. Fishlike humanoid creatures, spawned by mutant DNA, begin rising from the ocean looking to mate with the local women. Scientist Susan Drake (Ann Turkel) along with local fisherman Jim Hill (Doug McClure, The Land That Time Forgot) seek to investigate the cause of this invasion of creatures from the ocean floor. But when the annual Salmon Festival begins, some unwanted guests are about to crash the festivities. Also starring Vic Morrow (Message From Space), Cindy Weintraub (The Prowler) and Denise Galik (Dont Answer The Phone).
The film features an early score from Academy Award winning composer James Horner (Avatar, Braveheart, Titanic), who started his career with Roger Corman, and special effects/creature designs by Oscar nominee Rob Bottin (Robocop, The Thing, Se7en, Total Recall).
* New High-Definition Transfer Of The Uncut International Version
* Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes
* Trailers, TV And Radio Spots
* Leonard Maltin Interviews Roger Corman On The Making Of The Film
* The Making Of Humanoids From The Deep Featuring New Interviews With Composer James Horner, And Second Unit/Assistant Director James Sbardellati.
* New World Trailers
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The yearly salmon carnival at the end of the movie is one carnival the creatures will make sure their presence is finally known to all.
This edition is wonderful! This is the International Uncut version, not the American version released on DVD in 1999. I believe it is somewhat more graphic, especially that of a man that is attacked at the carnival and has his head literally torn off from one of the humanoids. Looks pretty good even for today's standards and back then, there was no CGI. Everything was models, masks, and makeup.
The Menu is well done with music from the movie in the background and film footage clips, "Humanoids From the Deep" graphic in yellow on top center with selections "Play" "Chapters" "Bonus" underneath. The woman laying on the beach with the Red bikini is on the menu as well.
Special Features Include:
Never Before Deleted Scenes found in the vaults of MGM. Audio was missing for some of the scenes, but were included for rarity.
~ What appears to be the alternate opening scene of a blonde woman taking off her yellow "dress" and going in for a nude swim, then getting attacked by one of the humanoids. (no sound)
~ A couple is parked in their car making out at night, only to find out they are not alone.
~ A little girl finds the body of the teenager that got attacked and had his face half torn washed ashore, she nearly gets taken by one of the humanoids, her mother wants to investigate, but opts not to and gets out of the area quickly.
~ Ann Turkel, Doug McClure and the Indian characters in a boat getting ready to do some investigating on the river. (no sound).
~ A woman in a tight pink shirt (braless) is trying to reel in her catch only to have to go further in the water. She quickly discovers what was on the other end of the line and is dragged out to sea by the creature.
~ A humanoid staring into a window of the house that gets attacked toward the end of the movie. (no sound).
~ Vic Morrow's character meets up with some of his buddies at the local bar to discuss what is happening. Alternate from what appears in movie..(no sound).
The Making of Humanoids From the Deep: Featuring New Interviews with Roger Corman, Second Unit Director James Sbardellati, Actress Linda Shayne (Miss Salmon) (yummy!), Actress Cindy, Cindy Weintraub, Composer James Horner and a few more on the camera and effects crew.
Leonard Maltin Interviews Roger Corman on the making of the Film.
Poster and Still Gallery
Trailers...English and German for "Humanoids From The Deep"
Galaxy of Terror
Up From The Depths
Audio is English PCM 2.0, no subtitles
Sidenote: If you have the American Version on DVD that came out, I suggest you may want to keep that in conjunction with this edition. This only has the International Version on the Bluray.
It's a fun film, not very accomplished in the way it was made, but all the right ingredients are there so it works on a level not to be confused with high art. Every brother and his dog dies. Breasts are exposed, frequently. There are fiery explosions. Oodles of monsters (although only three suits were made, they managed to make it seem like an army of monsters was on the rampage). Dopey dialog delivered with a severe lack of acumen. It's practically a masterpiece! It's one of my all time favorites!!!
Things start out in a sleepy fishing town in Northern California. There are already some tensions brewing between your typical red neck townies and the local native tribe about fishing rights. On top of that, a big cannery is showing interest in the town which could heavily impact the environment. The men who make their living on fishing boats obviously are all for the big money company moving in, but the tribes people are completely against it due to the damage that it could do to their land and their own subsistence fishing.
All of a sudden strange "accidents" start plaguing the fishermen, including a missing boy and a boat explosion. Pets are also disappearing at an alarming rate. Naturally, they attribute this to a native "trouble maker" . This battle begins to escalate, all the while other even stranger things keep happening.
It's not long before the real menace is uncovered. MUTATED HUMAN SIZE SALMON CREATURES. Yes, you read that correctly. The interesting twist here is that, like normal non mutant salmon, these creatures have come inland from the sea to mate...and not with other mutant salmon or regular salmon. Let that sink in for a minute. Yeah. So a bunch of highly territorial, hormone crazy, mutant fish men start attacking any menfolk they come across and absconding with any of the local women unlucky enough to get caught by the fish (IRONY!!!) to continue their mating frenzy with. This crazy fish lust is discovered by one of the locals and a visiting environmental scientist, who then set out to stop the slimy beasts. Before they can get the word out, the annual Salmon Fest fair kicks off down at the pier with lots of locals showing up to see who's going to be crowned Salmon Queen , and a small army of Humanoids show up to get lucky, and all hell breaks loose.
As bizarre as all of that sounds, it all makes a peculiar kind of sense. Amazingly, it makes a pretty damn entertaining movie too. The crew really got every penny's worth out of the monster suits and they look great for a Corman production. The cast is a solid group of unknowns who perform admirably. As per most of Mr. Corman's films, there is a TON of nudity and gore. In the end, Humanoids turns out to be a really well done B-movie and my 2nd favorite Corman Classic ( Behind the incredible DEATH RACE 2000 ).
The "Roger Corman Classics" brand always delivers a great DVD. Usually far better than the film itself deserves. You get a bunch of cast interviews, behind the scenes FX talk with a few guys who went on to do truly amazing work on other features, and all sorts of bells and whistles. If you are a fan of the movie, you can absolutely not go wrong with this release.
There's no denying that Roger Corman was a brilliant guy, and he knew what his 80s home video rental audience wanted. The movie is a little dated, but still holds up pretty well. Any fan of monster movies, especially from the golden age of low budget greatness, should appreciate this movie for what it is. The greatest movie about horny mutant fish-men ever made!!!!